2008

 

IRCSET Postgraduate Scholars

Four of the graduating mechanical and biomedical engineering class of 2008 were awarded IRCSET Embark Postgraduate Scholarships - Emer Feerick, Enda Dowling, Caitriona Killeen and William Ronan. Eduarda Sa Silva (not pictured) is returning to NUI Galway as an IRCSET scholar and Ph.D. student from the University of Minho, Portugal, having previously previously spent a year in the Department as an Erasmus student.

 

 

 

 

Emer Feerick - The Frederick Barnes Waldron Prize 2008

This prize is presented each year by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers to the top student in the graduating Mechanical Engineering class. Emer also received an IRCSET Postgraduate Scholarship and is now working on research towards a Ph.D. at NUI Galway. Prof. James Browne (President) presented the award to Emer with Prof. Peter McHugh (right, Professor of Biomedical Engineering) and Dr. Nathan Quinlan representing the IMechE.

 

 

 

Paul Weafer - The Medtronic Prize, 2008

The Medtronic Prize for the top graduating Biomedical Engineering student was presented to Paul Weafer. After graduation, Paul began research towards a Ph.D. at NUI Galway. The picture shows Prof. James Browne presenting the prize to Paul with Prof. Peter McHugh. Prof. James Browne, Bryan Weafer and Prof. Peter McHugh

 

 

 

 

 

William Ronan - The MCS Prize, 2008

William Ronan was presented with the MCS Prize for the best final year project by a Mechanical Engineering student. He is now working towards a Ph.D. at NUI Galway, after receiving an IRCSET Postgraduate Scholarship. Pictured are Mr. Adrian Connaire of MCS, Prof. James Browne (President), Mr. William Ronan and Prof. Peter McHugh (Professor of Biomedical Engineering).
Mr. Adrian Connaire of MCS, Prof. James Browne, William Ronan and Prof. Peter McHugh

 

 

 

Michael Keeney , Ph.D. student

Michael, a Ph.D. student under the supervision of Prof. Abhay Pandit, received a prestigious fellowship from the European Molecular Biology Organisation which will allow him to work in one of Europe's leading biomaterials laboratories in Radboud University.

Carolyn Holladay , Ph.D. student

Carolyn Holladay's abstract "Complexing DNA with Dendrimers to Enhance Gene Delivery from Collagen Scaffolds to Mesenchymal Stem Cells" was selected as one of the top 50 (of over 300) at the TERMIS-EU 2008 meeting of the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society. The abstract is co-authored by Mary Murphy, Dr. Udo Greiser and Prof. Abhay Pandit.

Mangesh Kulkarni , Ph.D. student

Mangesh Kulkarni's abstract was selected as one of the top 50 (of over 300) at the TERMIS-EU 2008 meeting of the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society. The abstract is co-authored by Mangesh's supervisor, Prof. Abhay Pandit.

Ruairi Nestor , Ph.D. student

Postgraduate student Ruairi Nestor received the Libersky Prize for the best research paper by a student at the 2008 SPHERIC International Workshop on Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics, held in Lausanne, Switzerland. Ruairi's paper, "Moving boundary Problems in with the Finite Volume Particle Method" ( download as PDF, 6 MB) was co-authored by fellow Ph.D. student Mihai Basa and their supervisor, Dr. Nathan Quinlan. The work concerns the development of new mesh-free computational methods for the simulation of complex phenomena in fluid dynamics, with potential industrial applications ranging from airliners to medical implants. Ruairi holds an IRCSET Postgraduate Research Scholarship.

Claire Conway , Ph.D. student

Postgraduate student Claire Conway, who is an IRCSET Scholar, won 1st Prize in the New Researcher category at Bioengineering in Ireland 14, the conference of the Section of Bioengineering, Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland, held in Sligo in January 2008, for a presentation entitled “A Novel Method for Coronary Stent Analysis and Design”, co-authored by Professor Peter McHugh and Dr. Patrick McGarry.